I'm Katie McGowan from Rock Crazy. I'm a patient at the Greater Chicago Metro Champaign Area Psychiatric Hospital, but Dr. Davidovich says I’m ready to go home. I’ve been lucid and calm for a day now. No more visits from my mother; no more temper tantrums.
Lee, I would love it if my mother would stay in the grave where she belongs. I feel sorry for her most of the time. If she’d gotten the help I have, maybe she wouldn’t have been so mean. Bi-polar disorder runs in families. The defective gene is passed down in the X chromosome, so it usually comes from the mother’s side. But it’s hard to control. You have to find just the right combination of medications, and then after awhile you sometimes develop a tolerance for them and they stop working. I wish I could just get a mani-pedi and everything would magically be fine. Pink Mambo-Jambo only goes so far.
Scott and Dr. D. want me to go to the Moon and get a chip implanted in my head, but the last time I was in the hospital there was a woman there who had that done and something went wrong. She was a walking vegetable. I don’t want to live like this, but I don’t want to be like her, either.
You’re so lucky, Lee. Lila loves you so much. I don’t want to give away too much of your book, but she was pretty upset when you got whomped upside the head. You know what I mean, Lee.
Rock Crazy by Rochelle Weber, MuseItUp, October, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/RockCrazy